NASA Spaceward Bound Mojave Open to Australian Teachers

NASA Spaceward Bound Mojave Open to Australian Teachers

Are you interested in earth science?
Are you a science teacher?
Do you enjoy the outdoors?
Are you looking for some exciting new ways to engage your students in geoscience?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of the above questions, then look no further for your next professional learning opportunity.

NASA Spaceward Bound are looking for two Australian science teachers to attend the next NASA Spaceward Bound expedition. Between the 18th to the 23rd of March, NASA Spaceward Bound Mojave will occur at the Desert Studies Center, at Zzyzx California.   

NASA Spaceward Bound provides a practical geoscience field opportunity for teachers to work with scientists and engineers in authentic investigations in remote locations that provide an analogue for off-world locations such as Mars. This programme has been successfully coordinated by the team at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) since 2006, with two field expeditions conducted in Australia. During NASA Spaceward Bound you will have the opportunity to work with latest space-based technological equipment and work alongside research scientists from NASA and elsewhere conducting cutting-edge research in areas including astrobiology, infra-red thermography, desert microbiology and ecology, field robotics, hypoliths, remote sensing, space suit testing, lava-tube systems and extremophiles.

In addition to participation in field work, teachers will also be instructed in the techniques for conducting experiments by the scientists and will also have the opportunity to network with other educators from the United States attending this expedition. Through Mars Society Australia (MSA), an opportunity for two Australian teachers to participate is being offered and it is anticipated that a range of teaching resources linked to the expedition will be created and then shared with others through various means such as the MSA website, the annual Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC), a weekend earth and planetary space science conference held at an Australian tertiary institution and teaching professional associations.

The successful candidates will be representing all Australian teachers and must be in a position to be able to travel to the United States for at least the period of the 18th to the 23rd of March, 2012. Other activities to scientific and science education points of interest at and around NASA Ames Research Center may be organised prior to or after the expedition, these will be outlined to the successful candidate once that itinerary is confirmed.

Through the application process, the teacher must be able to demonstrate how they are an innovative classroom practitioner with a track record of implementing creative science programs within their school. The cost of participating in the expedition will be covered by NASA and MSA. Any costs associated with travel to and from the US, accommodation before the commencement and after the conclusion of the expedition must be met by the individual or individual’s school or college. Both successful candidates will be expected to become a member of MSA (if not already) for a period of 12 months and to attend and present a report at AMEC 2012 relating to the expedition.

If this sounds like the professional learning for you, then please read the additional information at www.marssociety.org.au and http://spacewardbound.nasa.gov , complete the short application process and submit it electronically to MSA Education Coordinator, Mark Gargano mark.gargano@curtin.edu.au

Application must be submitted electronically no later than the close of business Friday 10th February, 2012.